Getting started at Charles Sturt

Starting university is exciting and life-changing. It can also be overwhelming - but it doesn't have to be. Follow our three-step guide for a successful start to your studies.


Use Checkpoints as your student road map

As soon as you accept your offer you can start preparing by completing your Get started checklist. From your first day with us to graduation, 'checkpoints' are your secret weapon for managing everything on your student to-do list.

Checkpoints break down all the big, little, important and (sometimes) annoying things you need to do as a student.

From accessing support services, to finding the correct textbook list to understanding your subject outline or getting started with exams, find Checkpoints in your Student Portal to see what to do, where to go, when you need to do it so you can breathe easy.

Get started with Checkpoints


Join us for Orientation: on campus, online or both!

Orientation is your introduction to life as a Charles Sturt student. It's a series of events and sessions run by faculties and student support services, where you'll have the chance to meet current students and get all the info you need to start your student journey.

Whether you're studying on campus or remotely, Orientation is your chance to:

  • ask questions about your course
  • immerse yourself in university life
  • meet your support crew
  • connect with other students joining you on your study adventure.

On-campus and online events

In Sessions 1 and 2, we offer both on-campus and online Orientation events. If you're an online student, you're welcome to attend non-academic Orientation events at your nearest Charles Sturt campus.

Please note: Orientation for Session 3 is online.

Everything you need to know about Orientation – including what's on and how to sign up to events – is in your student portal.

Sign up to orientation events

If you can't join us on campus but want to look the part this session, download Zoom and desktop backgrounds

For Session 3 Orientation, get involved with our online, interactive Goosechase game! You will not only learn about the important support services that the uni offers but you will also get to complete fun online missions, see what other students are posting and go in the draw to win a $100 digital gift card!

The game will be open from the 3rd of November until the 6th November and you can play any time during this period. Heaps of time to get in, learn some info and potentially win!

All you have to do, is:

  1. Download the Goosechase app from the app store
  2. Search for the game, it’s called: Charles Sturt Orientation S3 (the game will go live from the 3rd Nov)
  3. When entering your name, use your full name (in case you’re the winner so we can contact you)
  4. Complete the missions any time between the 3rd – 6th November

Have fun and good luck!


Smarten up your study skills

While you're waiting for your course to start - or even while you're studying, students have access to over 80 academic and learning skills support pages in the Student Portal, including:

  • self-paced learning
  • interactive workshops
  • one-on-one training and online courses, and
  • grammar and spelling feedback on draft assignments.

Give yourself the best chance at graduating with top results.

Find out more about learning to study

The Library website also has resources to help you find and research information.

Want to know more about getting started at Charles Sturt University?

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